2004-09-10 / Community

Local Creates Toothpick Invention

By Tiffany Forte

Issac’s “Pick-N-Floss” device as seen in a sales brochure.
Issac’s “Pick-N-Floss” device as seen in a sales brochure. If you think you know toothpicks, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Amos Issac of Laurelton, has patented what he sees as the king of all toothpicks.

Called “Pick-N-Floss,” this small tool can pick tiny food particles from between teeth like a traditional toothpick. In addition, however, Issac’s toothpick invention can break open to produce a string of useful dental floss.

“I came up with this idea about 13 years ago,” said Issac, owner of Rockaway’s air-conditioning and heating company, Premier Air. “I didn’t do anything with it, but about five or six years ago I decided to patent it.”

Unlike regular toothpicks that can’t reach each nook and cranny in your teeth, “Pick-N-Floss” goes where no toothpicks have gone before.

Many households have oral hygiene projects that complete the job when one is at home, but what about if you’re out?

“It is portable and can be tucked into a shirt pocket, a handbag or a briefcase making the “Pick-N-Floss” readily accessible whenever and wherever needed,” the inventor said.

The disposable wooden toothpick is longer than most and with its unique perforated area near its middle; one can easily open and close it to protect the floss inside. In addition, the “Pick-N-Floss” is economical for consumers.

“The price would not be too much more than a normal pack of toothpicks today with an addition of course due to the features,” Issac said. “It would not be so expensive that you would have to contemplate buying this versus buying something else.”

There is no current production, but Issac expresses plans for production in the US and abroad as well. Advent Product Development, Inc. of South Carolina is assisting to develop and market the invention to manufacturers for licensing or sale.

“We’re trying to target different manufacturers who would be interested in making and producing it,” the creator said.

The “Pick-N-Floss” is targeted at family and non-family households, dental professionals, and any other consumers who search for a convenient way to rid themselves of irritating excess food particles while dining out.

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